Twitter index: beer now booze in Russia, Bieber photographer

Twitter index: beer now booze in Russia, Bieber photographer

One of the staple alcoholic drinks of the Western world, the humble beer has, until now, been ignored by Russians, who considered the hoppy treat a soft drink.

However this New Year's Day a new law came into force in Russia which classifies beer as an alcoholic drink (whereas it had previously been a food stuff), meaning, among other things that the hours when it can be sold will be restricted and television advertising of beer will be banned.

Elsewhere on Twitter, microbloggers are talking about the death of a paparazzi photographer on Tuesday in Los Angeles when he was hit by a vehicle while attempting to take pictures of Justin Bieber's Ferrari. Bieber himself was not in the car, which had been pulled over by police when the accident occurred.

The top 10 most talked about topics on Twitter on January 2 at 2:00 am GMT are:

01.  Russia
02.  Christian
03.  Justin Bieber
04.  Cassidy
05.  Dwight Howard
06.  Hawaii
07.  #confissoesdamadrugada
08.  Knicks
09.  Harry
10.  #Imagine